Renewing Items and Placing Holds
- Published on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:38
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Requesting an item ensures that you will be able to borrow the item when it is next available. In order to request an item, you have a few options: the catalog, telephone the library, or ask at the circulation desk. The following are directions for using the catalog to request an item. If you have trouble using the catalog to request an item, please contact your hometown library for help.
Please note: When using the catalog use Internet Explorer for the easiest searching experience.
There are several options for renewing an item. You can use the website, a telephone, or come to the library in person. If you have trouble renewing items, please contact your hometown library for help.
The rules for renewals are:
- You may renew items up to three times.
- Items requested by another borrower are not renewable.
- There are some special collections that are not renewable, such as High Demand and Sizzlers.
Overdue Materials and Consequences
- Published on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:25
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|Item Type||Maximum Check-out||Loan Period||Fine Per Day||Maximum Fine|
|Books||60 items*||21 days||10 ¢||
|High Demand Items/Special Collections||4 items||7 days||10¢||
|Book Sizzlers||4 items||21 days||10¢||
|Videos/DVDs||60 items*||7 days||10¢||$3|
|DVD Sizzlers||4 items||2 days||10¢||$3|
|Moviebox DVDs & Blu-rays||4 items||7 days||10¢||$3|
|Audio Books||60 items*||21 days||10¢||$3|
|Literacy Kits||2 kits||7 days||10¢||$3|
|Book Discussion Kits||2 kits||42 days||10¢||$3|
|Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks & movies||10 items||select 7, 14, or 21 days||No fines||No fines|
*60 items total of all items per customer
All Library Materials: 10¢ per day, maximum fine per each item $3.00
Customers with fines over $10 are restricted from checking out materials, but may use computers and online resources
Replacement costs for library materials are charged to the account when it is declared lost or unreturned.
After a customer has received an overdue notice, and the item has not been returned, a bill notice will be sent for the replacement cost of the lost item.
The fee paid for the replacement cost of a lost item is generally non-refundable even if the item is returned at a later date. Any refund of fees paid must be requested from the Pioneer Library System business office.
Partial payment of accumulated fines and bills will be accepted.
A customer who claims to have returned an item is not responsible for fines or lost charges on that item.
Will you remind me when my materials are due?
You can choose email, telephone, or printed notification. Just contact your hometown library to select your preferred method of notification
Email notification, borrowers are reminded 3 days before the due date to return materials, as well as the regular printed notification intervals after the due date.
Telephone notification, borrowers are reminded immediately after the due date and then are sent the final and billing notices if the materials are not returned.
Printed Reminder Notice is sent out 10 days after the initial due date.
A month after the initial due date, a Final Notice is sent if materials are not returned.
How are billing notices handled?
Customers who have not contacted the library or otherwise attempted to settle their accounts will be referred to UMS two weeks after the library’s billing notice is sent.
Unique Management Services (UMS) is a well-respected, professional agency specializing in material recovery services for libraries.
If items are not returned, and the amount owed is more than $50, the customer’s account information is sent electronically to UMS. A $10 charge is added to the customer’s account to cover the cost of the UMS service. Customers referred to UMS are not cleared of credit jeopardy until items are returned and/or all charges are paid to the library.
See the complete Circulation Policy for more detailed information
Franz Kafka's Birthday
- Published on Sunday, 30 June 2013 01:00
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Franz Kafka, a German-language writer, was born on July 3, 1883. His most popular work is The Metamorphosis, but he wrote many other pieces with the same kind of themes and archetypes. If you're interested in reading Kafka's works, explore the following book list:
"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin." With this startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The Metamorphosis . It is the story of a young man who, transformed overnight into a giant beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family, an outsider in his own home, a quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of inadequecy, guilt, and isolation, The Metamorphosis has taken its place as one of the mosst widely read and influential works of twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote, "Kafka is important to us because his predicament is the predicament of modern man."
- Published on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:10
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The Circulation Policy contains specifics regarding who is eligible to check out materials, for how long, and how fines and damages are handled.
It also includes information about services available through the hometown libraries.
If you need a quick answer regarding library cards please see our other Policy FAQs
The Collection Development Policy contains information for library users seeking to understand the process of materials selection, maintenance, and the composition of the collection. Materials include books, magazines, movies, and online resources available for library patrons.
The Criteria for a Proposed Branch contains the criteria for continuous assessment of library services using a planning process that responds to community needs and expectations through role selection and long-range planning.
Rules of Conduct of customers to ensure the hometown libraries are a safe and comfortable place for patrons.
This document describes the responsibilities of PLS and hosting sites in providing library services through the Information Stations and Pioneer Library System Community Places.
Explains Pioneer Library System's Internet Access Guidelines. Includes rules regulating children and the Internet, limitations on internet access in the library and also legal and ethical issues with which the hometown libraries deal in providing internet access.
Explains the process of filing an Open Records request with the Pioneer Library System.
Policy regarding types of programs conducted by hometown libraries and Pioneer Library System. Also includes information regarding presenters fees, promotional material and selling of products.
Guidelines for the public to display information in hometown libraries' space.
Information regarding public attendance and participation in PLS Board Meetings.
Process surrounding purchases made by the Pioneer Library System and hometown library personnel.
Explanation of policy regarding use of library by unsupervised children.
Guidelines regarding the Pioneer Library System's handling of surplus or obsolete equipment.
This policy establishes rules, procedures and guidelines for the use of video surveillance systems in the public areas throughout the Pioneer Library System.
Popular Books for June 2013
- Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 01:00
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Having a hard time finding a book this month? Take a look at some of the following titles to get a few ideas.
Entwined with You by Sylvia Day
The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires. "From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn't resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside, so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I'd been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become. Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession,"
Joyland by Stephen King
Set in a small town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.